At least I think they are starlings. A group of 20 to 30 settled into the hay field near the house. Starlings stay around all winter and they are a gregarious bunch. The same could be said of crows but when they gather it's more to talk - don't usually see them hunting in large groups like this. Indy is favoring her front leg again so we did a number of short walks yesterday. That meant passing Gorgeous Gorge several times. It's below freezing at night but the days have been warmer w/ sun. The ice on the gorge was groaning - something I haven't heard it do before. I'll have to add both of these phenomena to my list of "Signs of coming Spring".